The New York Attorney General
's Office has launched a criminal investigation
into the Trump Organization
, broadening the scope of the former President Donald Trump
“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the Organization is no longer purely civil in nature
,” said Fabien Levy, press secretary for New York Attorney General Letitia James
, in an email Tuesday night. “We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan
DA. We have no additional comment.”
In 2019, James launched an investigation into the Trump Organization in relation to the former president's business dealings prior to entering the White House
. At the time, Michael Cohen
, the president's former attorney, testified before Congress
that Trump had overstated his assets to secure bank loans while understating them in tax filings to save money
Last year, the New York Times obtained years of Trump's detailed tax filings, which revealed the president's efforts to use the tax code to avoid mountains of federal income tax. James' office is said to be investigating whether those efforts were legitimate or whether Trump took tens of millions in tax deductions he wasn't entitled to.
The Trump Organization has filed a slew of legal challenges in an attempt to keep documents from state investigators, but the company has lost several key battles and has been forced to turn over records related to Trump properties.
Cy Vance Jr.
, the Manhattan district attorney, has been conducting his own criminal investigation into Trump and his employees to determine if his company committed any financial crimes, looking into a wide range of business transactions centered on Trump properties, including Trump Tower, Trump hotels, and his Seven Spring estate north of New York City
In February, Vance's office expanded its criminal investigation, hiring a former federal prosecutor with experience in white-collar and organized crime to investigate the Trump Organization's finances.